Week 1 of the 2019 college football season begins place on Friday, Aug. 30. That means it’s time to pick your optimal DraftKings college football fantasy lineup. Fortunately, our college football fantasy experts are ready to help. Players from seven matchups are available to be selected on DraftKings for the Friday games, including Nevada-Purdue, Tulsa-Michigan State, Wisconsin-USF, UMass-Rutgers, Utah State-Wake Forest, Colorado State-Colorado and Oklahoma State-Oregon State.
Here’s what our best Week 1 (Aug. 30) college fantasy football DFS lineup looks like for Friday night matchups:
College Fantasy Football DFS Picks
Friday DFS Slate (7 games)
QB: Elijah Sindelar, Purdue (at Nevada - $6,800)
With David Blough entrenched as the starter, Sindelar used a redshirt year while recovering from a knee injury last fall. All signs point to a return to full strength for 2019, as Sindelar inherits the controls of Jeff Brohm’s high-powered offense. Nevada finished fifth in the Mountain West in pass efficiency defense last fall, but the secondary returns just one starter and is a big question mark heading into this year.
RB: Chuba Hubbard, Oklahoma State (at Oregon State - $8,100)
Hubbard moved into the No. 1 running back spot for Oklahoma State late last season and eclipsed 100 yards in three out of the final four contests. He’s primed for a huge year, starting on Friday night against an Oregon State defense that allowed 281.8 rushing yards a game last fall.
RB: Raheem Blackshear, Rutgers (vs. UMass - $6,900)
UMass returns only three starters from a defense that gave up 42.9 points a game last season. Blackshear won’t be an every-week play, but the matchup and his all-around versatility should allow him to start the season off with a big performance.
WR: Sage Surratt, Wake Forest (vs. Utah State - $6,500)
With Greg Dortch off to the NFL, Surratt is likely to slide into the No. 1 receiving role for quarterback Jamie Newman. As a freshman last season, Surratt caught 41 passes for 581 yards and four touchdowns. Those numbers will climb higher in 2019, starting with a high-scoring matchup between Wake Forest and Utah State on Friday night.
WR: Cody White, Michigan State (vs. Tulsa - $6,300)
Michigan State has hinted at a few tweaks to its offense after averaging only 18.7 points a game last season. While drastic changes aren’t expected, some adjustments in the scheme, along with a healthy Brian Lewerke at quarterback will help White’s numbers improve in 2019. Injuries prevented White from playing in four contests last fall, but he still caught at least four passes in seven of those games. Look for a good start in Week 1 against Tulsa.
WR: Warren Jackson, Colorado State (vs. Colorado in Denver - $4,900)
Jackson is a steal at this price ($4,900). He caught 32 passes for 405 yards as Colorado State’s No. 2 receiver last season but is slated to move into the No. 1 role with Preston Williams off to the NFL. Colorado ranked eighth in the Pac-12 in pass efficiency defense last year and will be vulnerable to big plays by Jackson on Friday night.
Flex: Romeo Doubs, Nevada (Purdue - $5,100)
The over/under for Purdue-Nevada is hovering around 60, so this should be a good game to invest in for fantasy purposes. Doubs is coming off a promising freshman campaign (43 catches for 562 yards) and will compete with Kaleb Fossum to be the No. 1 target for quarterback Carson Strong. Nevada ranked third in the Mountain West in pass attempts (493) last season. Don’t expect that philosophy to change with a new quarterback. And it’s likely the Wolf Pack will need to throw to keep pace with the Boilermakers.
S-Flex: Dillon Stoner, Oklahoma State (at Oregon State - $4,800)
In addition to injuries in the secondary for Oregon State, the over/under sits at 72 for Friday night’s game in Corvallis. Tylan Wallace is clearly the No. 1 receiver for coach Mike Gundy. But there should be plenty of targets for Stoner in a favorable matchup.